Benefits of Occupational Therapy
COULD MY CHILD BENEFIT FROM MEETING WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST BEFORE A CLEANING?
Meeting new health care practitioners can be a frightening scenario for some children. A biannual dental visit can pose challenging for children who…..
- are oral sensitive
- have sound or light sensitivities
- are tactile sensitive and do not like being touched
- struggle with oral hygiene tasks at home
- are picky eaters
- do not like having someone come near their face/mouth
- dislike haircuts
- have a hard time sitting still
- have communication challenges
- have a hard time understanding directives/requests
- struggle with general anxiety
- struggle meeting new people and tolerating new places
- have a hard time with transitions
- have a history of medical issues causing fear of medical scenarios
- have or have had a feeding tube
- history of reflux
If your child has struggled with dental visits in the past, or has a hard time with haircuts or medical appointments, a meeting with the OT might be a helpful option for you and your child!
The occupational therapist will work with you and your child to adapt to the environment and process of a dental cleaning to best fit your child’s needs, before meeting the hygienist and dentist.